Peter Katholos

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Peter Katholos
Personal information
Full name Peter Katholos
Date of birth (1961-03-18) 18 March 1961 (age 61)
Place of birth Greece
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1980 St George 35 (5)
1981–1985 Sydney Olympic 131 (33)
1985–1986 Larissa 3 (0)
1986 Sydney Olympic 10 (0)
1987 APIA Leichhardt 20 (3)
1988–1991 Marconi 92 (5)
1991–1993 Sydney Olympic 29 (2)
1993–1994 Parramatta Eagles 11 (1)
National team
1981–1983 Australia 14 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 02:55, 13 September 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 02:55, 13 September 2022 (UTC)

Peter Katholos (Greek: Πέτρος Κάθολος; born 18 March 1961) is an Australian former soccer player. He was a member of the Socceroos, Australia's national soccer team, throughout the 1980s during which time he made 22 international appearances (14 ' A-matches'), scoring two goals. He is best known for his time as a midfielder with Sydney Olympic and later Marconi in the Australian National Soccer League, although he also played for the Greek team Larissa at one stage.

Katholos emigrated from Greece to Australia with his parents as a nine-year-old.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Katholos played for St George 35 times during the 1979 and 1980 National Soccer League seasons.[3]

Katholos transferred from St George to the Sydney Olympians (as Sydney Olympic were branded in 1981), where he played under Scottish coach Tommy Docherty.[4][5]

In 1985, Katholos signed a three-year contract to play in Greece for Larissa. He returned to Australia in mid-1986, having only played three times in the league, each time as a substitute.[6][7]

After a disagreement with coach Peter Raskopoulos, Katholos transferred from Olympic to Parramatta Eagles part way though the 1992–93 National Soccer League season.[8]

He was nicknamed "The Kat" by Sydney Olympic supporters.[9]

International career[edit]

Katholos made his national team debut for Australia against Indonesia in Melbourne in May 1981. He played the last of his 14 full international appearances in December 1983 against Singapore.[10]

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Sydney Olympic

APIA Leichhardt

Marconi-Fairfield

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ Curran, Brian (19 April 1981). "Poor play puts Pete on the mat—at home!". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 72. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d Micallef, Philip (21 August 2019). "Socceroos Greats - Where are they now: Peter Katholos". SBS Sport. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Aussie Footballers - Karl to Kemp". OzFootball. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  4. ^ Curran, Brian (16 April 1981). "Katholos rockets into Socceroos' squad for NZ". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 32. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  5. ^ Gatt, Ray (10 April 1981). "Docherty 'babe' gets his spurs". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 36. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  6. ^ Schwab, Laurie (12 August 1985). "Olympic wins 2–1". The Age. p. 31. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  7. ^ Gatt, Ray (12 June 1986). "'Nightmares' end for Katholos". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 42. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  8. ^ Cockerill, Michael (16 January 1993). "Katholos returns to scene of war to battle his mates". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 69. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  9. ^ Triadafillou, Takis (7 November 2020). "Peter Katholos (The Kat): Legend on the field and fighter in life". The Greek Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  10. ^ Andrew Howe (12 October 2006). "The Australian Men's Football Team: Caps and Captains" (PDF). OzFootball. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  11. ^ Schwab, Laurie (8 September 1982). "Katholos tops soccer award". The Age. p. 26. Retrieved 13 September 2022.

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